The use of computer technology and the internet in teaching and therapy of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

Agnieszka Rynkiewicz


Use of computer programs and software in teaching and therapy of individuals with ASD is a relatively new field of research, but it shows very promising results. The use of computer technology and the Internet in ASD has demonstrated effectiveness in a number of recent studies. Virtual reality is also gaining traction as a form of psychotherapy at some academic medical centres. Many individuals with ASD have unique talents and are skilled in responding to visual cues, such as pictures and animations. Computers not only unlock many unique talents that individuals with ASD possess, but also facilitate the development of social skills that are crucial for functioning in society. In addition to selected computer programs and software, the article also presents some important facts about the diagnosis and sensory profile in ASD and connects these facts with the discussion about computer-mediated-communication, CMC, which is used by individuals with ASD. The article is primary focused on individuals with Asperger’s syndrome and high-functioning autism.


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